Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:46 pm

i have a nice 3foot tank sitting empty...


likewise i had high hopes of keeping a flounder and teaching him to say a few words but the more i looked into it the more technical is got and put me off it.

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:42 pm

m.b3 wrote:i have a nice 3foot tank sitting empty...


likewise i had high hopes of keeping a flounder and teaching him to say a few words but the more i looked into it the more technical is got and put me off it.
i was told that it easier keep bigger tanks,my one is only 10 gallon and having no problems so far,if you live near salt water it makes life easier,i was told to change about 20% of the water every month and to make sure that the air pump and filter are suitable for the size of the tank,at the moment i do a full change every week its a excuse to get out fishing as well
when changing the water let the new water get to room temperature first,if there is a difference of 2c it could kill the fish
don't over stock the tank
some species will eat the others so a bit of care is needed when stocking,sea scorpions look lovely but will eat everything in the tank
when feeding avoid oily fish as they will color the water

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:55 pm

few more tips i discovered
i dug some lug and white rag and put the air line in the bucket with them and it kept them great

i was told that if you put crab in a tank and put a heater in the tank that after a few days the crab will start to peel

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:22 pm

gfkelly1969 wrote:
m.b3 wrote:i have a nice 3foot tank sitting empty...


likewise i had high hopes of keeping a flounder and teaching him to say a few words but the more i looked into it the more technical is got and put me off it.
i was told that it easier keep bigger tanks,my one is only 10 gallon and having no problems so far,if you live near salt water it makes life easier,i was told to change about 20% of the water every month and to make sure that the air pump and filter are suitable for the size of the tank,at the moment i do a full change every week its a excuse to get out fishing as well
when changing the water let the new water get to room temperature first,if there is a difference of 2c it could kill the fish
don't over stock the tank
some species will eat the others so a bit of care is needed when stocking,sea scorpions look lovely but will eat everything in the tank
when feeding avoid oily fish as they will color the water


cheers for the tips. I will give it a try. quite a few brittle stars around my way reckon they would look great in a tank. i remember fishing down the rocks in howth harbour watching a scorpion fish trying to eat my 3oz lead as i jigged it up and down!

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:55 pm

found a small topknot in one of the rock pools yesterday
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Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:04 am

wow 8)
what length is it?

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:16 pm

chuckaroo wrote:wow 8)
what length is it?
it is only 1 inch long,now that i know where they are i will have to try for some bigger ones

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:35 pm

gfkelly1969 wrote:
chuckaroo wrote:wow 8)
what length is it?
it is only 1 inch long,now that i know where they are i will have to try for some bigger ones


very cool fish. one of those ones that many people will probably never encounter in their lives.. unless in an aquarium
can only imagine that they are near impossible to catch on rod and line - due to their habitat and elusiveness. maybe the lrf fishermen targeting mini species have the best chance..
nice find
thanks for posting

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:40 pm

Cheers Gerry, nice bit of reading 8)

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:28 am

i went out rook pooling the last few days on the low tides and found this lad
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Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:49 am

Nice. Would love to see a pic of the whole tank if you don't mind
Is the tank indoors and what temperature is it at??
How are all the fish surviving/fairing?

Cheers

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:07 pm

forget that last question: "Is the tank indoors and what temperature is it at??" i have just read over the whole thread again and you answered that question for me the last time - i have a memory like a sieve :roll:
but yeah, how have you found all the fish surviving all this time then..?
and what on earth is that blue one in there?! :)

i'm defo doing this this summer. good stuff gfkelly, thanks for all the great advice 8)

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:59 am

i started with a 34l tank

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Hi7YMEK4sDg

http://youtube.com/watch?v=szJ4DYrr_xk
and now have a 80l as well

http://youtube.com/watch?v=IyUz2iSSxX8

i got the 80l last week and wasn't going to set it up yet because it had no light bulb but then the brain got working and i converted it to led lights
it is a bit plain yet but i have a few ideas to make a background
at the moment i have dogfish,two spot goby,common blenny,butterfish,pipefish,rock goby,corkwing wrasse,topknot,Fifteen-spine Stickleback,mullet,Sand Goby,Montagu's Blenny,Three-spined Stickleback,tadpole fish,painted goby,ballan wrasse,cling fish,crab,squat lobster,shrimp,star fish and snails in the tank

most of the fish are surviving well i have lost a few from other fish eating them same as what would happen in the wild
if its the blue fish in the top left in the last photo its a mullet,must be the way the light hit him

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:53 am

super stuff. well they all look quite happy anyway
theres a few fish extra in those thanks than i'd be comfortable with tbh, but thats just me. some skinny lookin fellas too?! :|

great post gfkelly
nice videos. greatly appreciated

FWIW: i'd be keener on a larger tank with a good range of small creatures - like shrimp, crabs, blenny, starfish, anemone, etc etc, with only a few mid water fish.
really looking forward to setting it up now. the nephews and nieces will love it!
and i reckon that i will set it up for over the Summer months only (as this is really the only time that i will get regular access to the sea).. i'll let 'em all go afterwards

thanks again
:)
8)

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Wed Feb 25, 2015 6:38 pm

cool

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Britain and Ireland

Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:49 pm

We went out rock pooling yesterday and today
Lots of fish starting to move back in after the winter
One of the lads with me found this lad
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Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of UK and Ireland + tank s

Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:03 am

Pretty cool. A male lumpsucker as far as I can tell
What length is he then..?

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of UK and Ireland + tank s

Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:22 am

i think it was a male but not sure i will ask the friend later when we go rock pooling again,the friend did have a look around to see if there were any eggs and i read that the male guards the eggs
it would have been around 30+cm

Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of UK and Ireland + tank s

Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:27 pm

Just back from more rock pooling,I got some lovely tube worm as a background for the tank and we also got 2 types of clingfish and some gold shinny wrasseImageImageImageImage
Plus I found a lovely spot to fish as well[img]http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/21/2a73cb01e1be86be0487dd285a41256a.jpg[/img]


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Re: Marine and Freshwater Fishes of UK and Ireland + tank s

Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:05 pm

Nice backdrop! i guess that you will see the worms feeding.. hope so
Funny, was rock-pooling myself too today. We got 4 clingfish, a big rock goby, found some tiny mullet, and found a range of different types of crabs - one that I had never seen, or heard of, before.
A few pics:
(will have to get the name of that bigger crab again..)
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